requires that all schools and districts participating in federally funded
school meal programs adopt a wellness policy containing goals and guidelines for foods available on
campus, nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based
activities that promote student wellness.
Virtually every district
has a policy on the books, but most could be greatly improved, and all need to
be regularly reviewed and updated. This process provides an opportunity for the school and
surrounding community to maintain an ongoing conversation about the school’s
responsibility for student well-being.
In collaboration with Slow Food USA and the Chez Panisse Foundation, the
Center for Ecoliteracy created a Model Wellness Policy Guide. It offers
language and recommendations to assist users in developing and maintaining
comprehensive policies that set high standards for healthy learning.